Stafford threw for 230 yards and one touchdown but had three turnovers in a game for the fourth time this year.
"I think he's getting better, but there's something in young quarterbacks that has a hard time just burning the ball, especially guys who have so much success in high school," Richt said. "They're used to running around and making a play."
Richt was particularly perplexed by Staffford's second interception, which was thrown directly to linebacker Johnny Williams on the Bulldog 2-yard line.
"The last thing I said was, ‘If it's clean, throw it. If it's not, hurl it out of bounds,'" Richt said. "I guess he didn't see that defender."
The last meaningful play of the game was a Stafford interception as he overthrew A.J. Bryant with less than a minute remaining.
"It's on me," he said afterward.
Stafford did show a remarkable toughness, rushing for 35 yards and three third-down conversions despite having his helmet ripped off on a first quarter scramble and playing the remainder of the game with a large bruise on his forehead, a gash on his swollen nose and a busted upper lip.
"I'll never question his heart, not a day in my life," running back Danny Ware said. "I know he's going to go out there and fight. He's going to get better and better."
He has to if Georgia is going to improve. Stafford has been responsible for nine of the Bulldogs' 14 turnovers in the last three games. He now has 12 interceptions versus just four touchdowns for the season.
"I think he's still a great quarterback," Ware said. "He's just got to be a little more patient I guess and try to let things open up a little better."